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Installing Debian and configuring wifi and sleep on an Asus U56E BBL6

The Asus U56E budget laptop offers some great features, especially the significant battery life. However, if you want to install Debian on this machine, it can be a significant challenged. The biggest and most frustrating challenge is getting the operating system fully installed. Due to the newness of the Atheros Ethernet card:

Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0)

Squeeze disk images do not have the necessary drivers for a wired connection and the wifi card

Links From My Computer to My Droid

As much as I like screwing around with my Droid X, I would never actively choose to surf the webs with my droid over my computer. Who would? It just takes so much longer to type, and don't get me started talking about voice recognition for urls, blech! Still, I do want to get my rss feeds on my phone, so I can casually keep up with important events like Charlie Sheen's most recent dada statements.

Video Module and SWF Tools: The Nightmare After Settings

I stayed up till 5:30 this morning because the video and swftools developers are sadistic bastards. It seems unlikely that they could have implemented modules with more settings than these two modules together share and less likely still, that the two modules could have less of a seamless interaction. I shake my fist at their broad vision of video for everyone! As usual, part of the difficulty had to do with my ignorance, but I have no qualms blaming others for my stupidity. "Damn you developers!"

Taxonomies and D7 Confusion

It took a while, way too long as far as I'm concerned, to figure out how to use taxonomies in this new Drupal beast. Yes by default articles come with free tagging turned on, and maybe in my little brain somewhere that should have been an obvious sign. Brain too little apparently. So if you happen to be like me and find yourself wondering "How do I add taxonomies to a content type?" here's the sitch.

Drupal 7 - New things freak me out.

The initial install of Drupal 7 is quite similar, but the first thing I noticed,
when attempting to set up my database manually through settings.php, was the
change in the database structure. Drupal 7 has switched to using PDO as an
abstraction layer, db information goes into an array, like this.

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